I recently went on a family vacation, that I had purposely planned to include very little technology.
Because of the children.
I feel that we as society are so bombarded by new technology and fancy gadgets that we often don’t realise how much we’re actually missing out on.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m as addicted to my phone as the next person, but about two years ago I challenged myself to be aware of it, which seems to have made a huge difference. I make it a priority that when I’m with loved ones, to purposefully set it aside and give my attention to the people that I am with. It’s not always easy when your job is to use social media! But it is possible.
So let me tell you about the differences I noticed during this holiday:
The children seemed happier. My children have always been easy going and happy (like their Mum!) but without burying their heads in their tablets, their smiles were more noticeable.
They were always busy! Whether it was a board game, running around outside, reading a book, talking to one another, helping around the house or going on an outdoor adventure, they managed to keep themselves occupied.
Not once. Not-a-single-time were the words “I’m bored” uttered. Something I’ve heard a few hundred times over the years!
We talked. A lot. About everything that was important to them.
Everybody bonded. My family is still in the early stages of learning how to be a blended family. We’ve come a long way over the past couple of years but we have a lot more work ahead of us. Thankfully my guy is just as easy going as my children, so nothing has ever felt forced. Things happen as they happen. But without giving too much detail, for one of my childrens sake, there were a few key moments where guards were let down and new comfort levels were reached. For me as a Mother it was a great relief to see new friendship/understanding happening in those moments.
After such an amazing trip together, I can highly recommend that every family should plan to experience a technology free holiday!
Do you ever take technology holidays? What do you get out of it?